The Meebo Bar Is Now A Google+ Tool

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Earlier this year, Google acquired Meebo, which let users "create an interest profile to get new and timely information about the things that matter most" to them. The company's other products shut down, but its flagship Meebo Bar stuck around. Here's what it looked like before:

Meebo Bar

It looks like the bar has been Google+ified. Here's what it looks like now:

Meebo Google Plus

TheNextWeb points to the bar in action on (as first spotted by #googleplusupdate on Google+), where it will surface the user's Google profile and allow for +1ing and sharing to Google+. Users can hide the bar by clicking the arrows on the right side.

Meebo Bar with Google Plus

When you click "what's this?" on the left side, it takes you to a page about the Meebo bar. The Meebo support FAQ page says:

The bar cannot access any of the private information in your browser or on your computer. We do use cookies to keep track of your browsing behavior on sites that have the bar for the purposes of serving you personalized ads.

Any information or comments you post through any social plugins on the bar such as a Like, Tweet or Google +1, is collected and used directly by the plugin developer in accordance with their terms of use and privacy policy.

We haven't seen any announcements about the product from Google, but perhaps we will see one soon. As Google moves to get more brands using Google+ more, it seems likely that they'll be pushing this to publishers more.

Chris Crum
Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.

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